The Met Chorus Artists is the collective voice of the Metropolitan Opera Chorus, a group of 80 full-time singers. Here we focus on the individuals - the people who make this world-class institution what it is.
Being a full-time member of the Met Chorus is exactly how it sounds: a FULL TIME job. So it may surprise you that, after singing Monday through Saturday, many members of the Met Chorus wake up early on Sundays to sing again!
Enjoy a sweet article from the Des Moines Metro Opera blog about our very own Met chorus tenor Greg Warren and his wife, extremely talented freelance stage manager Hester Warren-Steijn, and how they navigate the opera performance world as a team (even if it means not seeing each other for months at a time!).
In these fraught days of political upheaval and polarization, it’s nice to know there’s something in this world that most people can agree on, and that is the fact that kittens are undeniably cute. Met chorus soprano Laura Fries gives us the skinny on her favorite pastime (other than singing at the Met), which is fostering needy kittens and cats.
Frank Colardo has been a staff performer at the Met since the 1990s, so you've most likely seen him in many of your favorite operas. He's famously known for playing the cowboy in Fanciulla del West who takes a tumble off the balcony during a bar brawl, and is playing the challenging role of Buoso Donati (yes, the dead guy) in Gianni Schicchi. Get an even closer look at one of the Met’s most accomplished staff performers!
In this edition of “Where Are They Now?”, tenor Daniel Clark Smith sits down with Melanie Spector, a former Met children's chorister, who took her experience on the greatest stage in the world and brought it to the Manhattan School of Music!
Check out a day in the life of Anne Dyas, a beloved member of the full-time Staff Performer roster, and you'll find out why the Met Chorus isn't the only group of performers with a claim to the craziest schedule in the opera house!
When Met Extra Choristers Megan Pachecano & Tom Mulder aren’t performing on the Met stage, they’re molding young minds with an organization called ArtSmart, which was founded by Met Opera favorite Michael Fabiano. Read on to hear about all the wonderful work they’re doing to provide private vocal instruction (and much more) to kids in the metro area!
Saturday night, the Met Opera Chorus lost one of its own. Roger Andrews, who sang in the chorus for over 2,000 performances and performed solo roles 152 times at The Metropolitan Opera before retiring 4 years ago, passed away suddenly at the age of 67 of an apparent heart attack. Fellow chorister Rebecca Carvin shares her fond memories of Roger.
In which Lianne Coble-Dispensa, the Met Artists Newsletter Editor-in-Chief, emerges from her tenure spent hiding behind bylines and furtively checking punctuation to reluctantly share her favorite Christmas cookie recipe, an uncommonly delicious (and simple) holiday shortbread.
What beverages would you pair with your favorite Met operas? In the first of four volumes, Resident ersatz sommeliers Scott Dispensa & Lianne Coble-Dispensa share their pairing choices for the opening shows of the Met's 2018-2019 season.
After weeks of musical rehearsals and staging, the Met Chorus is looking forward to a treat to get us through the rest of pre-season! Soprano Laura Fries, one of our resident bakers, is pleased to share with us an easy (and extremely tasty) recipe for a perennial favorite: Red Velvet Cake!
Easter came early this year, but if you're sad to see the season go, you're in luck: Greek Orthodox Easter is celebrated on April 8th! Having eaten your fair share of ham and Cadbury eggs, why not mix things up with a light, savory, and spring-y dish, brought to you by our resident Greek chorister Stephanie Chigas...?
We've got a bonus recipe for you this month! Chorister Sara Heaton's husband, Justin Keller, is a creative mixologist who came up with a cocktail perfectly suited to the return of Puccini's Turandot...
Welcome back to the Recipe Corner, where members of the Met Opera Chorus (and members of the artistic staff!) share with you their favorite gastronomic delights! This month, chorister Rebecca Carvin offers a savory treat that can be customized to your liking...
Bass-baritone Chris Schaldenbrand is the kind of gentleman you want in your life. Besides being a kind, talented, hard-working colleague, he is also an extraordinary baker. His professional-level cakes inspire the fiercest competition at the AGMA Relief Fund Bake Sale’s silent auction, and anything he bakes for a Met Chorus gathering is destined to be both admired, photographed, Instagrammed, and, well, quickly demolished.
The Met Chorus Artists are a talented bunch but rarely are those talents so... tasty! Christopher Schaldenbrand has been baking as long as he has been singing and, luckily for the rest of us in the chorus, he hasn't stopped since taking on the rigors of a full-time position.